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Are there any side effects of sunscreens?

Sunscreens may cause skin irritation, acne, and tightening or drying of the skin.  In rare cases, sunscreens can cause skin symptoms including itching; stinging; burning; clogged hair follicles; pain in areas that are hairy; redness or swelling that appears early after use; and rashes that appear later after use. Rashes may or may not have blisters that weep fluid or become crusty, and they may spread to areas of the skin that were not originally exposed to sunscreen.

Sunscreens may also cause reactions in people who are allergic to the ingredients they contain. Get medical help immediately if you experience symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including chest tightness; trouble breathing; swelling of the tongue, lips, mouth or face; hives; or skin irritation that is severe or ongoing.

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